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I try not to dedicate too many posts to Rigu, my camera accessories shop, because I know you guys are here to read about t-shirts and clothing, not cameras, but I’m just too excited by the latest release over in the shop to not mention it.

Rigu has become the first shop in the UK to stock high-quality but stylish bags from f-stop. I’m starting out with a fairly small selection of their bags but will hopefully be expanding in the future. The bags should appeal to people that want something that isn’t too obvious as a camera bag, a bag that you’d just wear normally whether you had your kit in it or not (which is possible since the padding can be removed). They’re all priced competitively and there is free UK postage available on all orders.

F-Stop bags at Rigu

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Check out these new necklaces that I just added to the HYA store in the jewellery section. Jut £2.99 each plus shipping.

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glennz funny iphone cases

Glennz designs are the good fit for the back of an iPhone, though I do feel that $34.95 is quite a lot for a case, than again I’m pretty cheap and I’m still using the Griffin one that Apple sent me when they had the handling issues during the launch phase of the iPhone 4.

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Massive new Winter Line from Seventh.Ink

by Andy on November 30, 2011

seventh.ink winter collection So what have we got here:

Card wallets, wrist cuffs, button packs, Christmas greeting cards, six t-shirts, a henley, and two hoodies.

That, it’s fair to say, is a pretty huge release from Seventh.Ink for the Winter. A lot of the items were produced in limited amounts, so if there’s anything you want be sure to place an order sooner rather than later.

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t-shirt sketchbook



This is a pretty cool idea, I know that in practical terms you could just draw the shape of a tee in a regular sketchbook and just draw inside the lines, but this is a really fun way of constraining yourself to the shape and it might actually even be a useful tool for t-shirt designers that don’t do everything on their computer with a tablet. Each book contains 170 pages of 150gsm paper, and whilst at $15 there are cheaper notebooks out there, this one certainly is unique.

Costiness=$15 Buy it at Pukka/Dank

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Hide Your Arms Logo Stickers!

by Andy on February 1, 2011

hide your arms stickers

Ignore the dirt on my desk, look at the sticker, now nice is that!?

I’d been wanting to get stickers made up as soon as I saw the logo more than a year ago, and I finally bit the bullet and sorted the artwork (with a little help as my Twitter followers will know), and thanks to the guys at Awesome Merchandise I received the stickers less than a week after ordering, and they were great to deal with, and at no point got annoyed with my newbie printing questions.

I will add the stickers to the HYA store soon, selling them at only just above cost price as they are a promo item, and hopefully you guys will start covering your towns, cities, notebooks and laptops red & blue in the near future. Of course, if you buy a HYA tee (and soon a HYA hoodie, those are being printed at the moment), you’ll get a free sticker in your order.

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30% off Mimobots until Tuesday

by Andy on November 24, 2010

mimoco 30% off sale

Mimobots aren’t tee related, but I like them and I think you will too. They do also have a small apparel collection, but the flash drive characters are where you’ll find the real action. The sale is running now, but looking at the site you wouldn’t know it, the discount is automatically applied when you add items to your shopping cart.

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threadless book review

I didn’t really know what to expect from the Threadless book, before the release I’d thought it was cool that they were putting something together for the 10th year, but I hadn’t paid much attention to what was going to be in the tome of ten years of Threadless dominating the ‘indie’ t-shirt landscape. Frankly, I’d expected there to be lots of pretty pictures, and the same stories trotted out as we’ve been hearing for years about their airstream office, and how ‘different’ they are from a regular company. Well, you do get that, there are lots of pictures, and and lots of stuff that we’ve heard before from Threadless about the company, but there’s a lot more than that going on here.


One of the interesting things about Threadless is how their business model has had a much wider impact on the industry than just within their company, I’m not going to exaggerate and say they’ve changed the world, but their business practises, have made a lot of people sit up and take note (they aren’t a case study at Harvard Business School for no reason), and that is reflected in the book quite a lot, with mini-essays from people outside of Threadless such as Seth Godin talking about them and how they’re different to the norm. As someone that has studied Threadless closely over the past 5 years I really enjoyed those aspects of the book, getting a fresh insight from people outside the company (that other tee companies could probably learn from). That said, it was interesting for me to read about the earlier days of Threadless, since I first heard about them in late ’04 and other than the ‘creation’ story about the Dreamless forum, there were a few years I had no knowledge of that this book fills in quite nicely.


Of course, t-shirts are a visual medium and so is this book, there are hundreds of pictures of their tees, not all of them (I presume), but all the iconic designs are included along with interviews with their designers. It’s great seeing the designs printed onto paper rather than my LCD screen, digital is great and all, but print has a certain special something about it, and since Threadless clearly haven’t cheaped out on the printing it really is a treat for the eyes.


Clearly, I’m pretty impressed by this book, I was hoping to receive something pretty that I could leaf through when I was bored, and I got that, along with something that was occasionally more thought-provoking than I hoped. If you’d like to get a copy of the book, I have most excellent news, the publishers (Harris & Wilson) have offered to give away 2 copies of the book to HYA readers. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling me what is your favourite Threadless design of all time, and you will be entered into the giveaway. Entries are open from now for 1 week (until Friday 22nd October), when I will pick two random entries. Please note that this competition is only open to people from the UK as it is the UK publisher offering the books to be given away.


If you would like to buy the book, if is available for $15 on the Threadless site (down from $22), for $15.30 on Amazon.com, and £8 on Amazon.co.uk.

AGAIN, THE COMPETITION IS ONLY OPEN TO PEOPLE LIVING IN THE UK

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Johnny Cupcakes expands his empire… to mugs!

by Andy on September 2, 2010

johnny cupcakes mug

Clearly, the banner release from this fresh tray of Johnny Cupcakes goods in the mugs, because really, what the hell is he doing releasing mugs? They look cool though, and I never thought I’d say that about mugs, so I guess it works out pretty well. There are a few cool tees too (peep the gallery to check’em out), although I don’t particularly care for either of the hoodie designs, they just look a bit normal, perhaps they’d look better on a real hoodie rather than a mockup.

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facebook like and dislike stamps

Well now you can thanks to these handy rubber stamps, no longer will you have to express your opinion verbally, just stamp your feelings onto the item/person that you like or dislike, simple!

Costiness=£9.99 for 1 stamp Buy it at We Are Nation

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Turn an old t-shirt into a laptop sleeve

by Andy on February 13, 2010

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I’m sure there are cheaper ways to do this, but for $49 Hello Rewind will send you an envelope, you put a t-shirt in it, send it back to them, they turn it into a cool laptop sleeve, and then send it back to you. Part of your purchase also goes to help stopping the sex trafficking industry in New York, which I think you’ll agreee is a pretty worthy cause. [via Engadget]

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Oxymoron: This is a Normal Watch

by Andy on January 17, 2010


I know it’s not going to be a particularly high quality watch, I wouldn’t swap it for the lovely Hugo Boss watch I got for my 21st birthday, for example, but if you want a fun accessory (and us guys don’t get to accessorise very often) then you could do a lot worse than this watch from normalwatches. Their whole range is currently on sale, but only for a few more hours, so hop to it if you want a cheap watch.

Costiness=$14.99 Available from normalwatches

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A Ferrari Made out of T-Shirts

by Andy on January 17, 2010


This ‘Ferrari’ is made from 1,500 t-shirts, 88 pairs of jeans and 26 pairs of shoes and baseball caps from Puma… and probably hundreds of hours of interns time. Visit Creative Review to see a video of the construction of this master-tee-ce*.

*Yeah, that fake word sucks and shall be fired out of a metaphorical cannon into a metaphorical bottomless pit immediately.

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Print Society: A Better Way to Find Art

by Andy on January 13, 2010


This is off-topic, but it’s good enough to be off-topic that I shouldn’t need to justify it, but I just did, so we’re covered from all angles. Print Society is a site from the team that created Rumplo. Basically, it is to art, what Rumplo is to t-shirts, and I’m fairly sure that can only be a good thing, because it makes it easier for you to find cool art to make your walls less empty, because emptiness causes depression, and that’s (probably not but who knows really) a fact!

It’s been going for a while and there’s quite a few artists on there who I recognise, but also quite a lot that I don’t but whose work I like the look of, which is basically proof that the site works well, so check it out.

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Hanger Tea, teabags in the shape of tees!

by Andy on January 10, 2010


It’s posts like these that make me glad Jason has got back into the swing of things with Preshrunk (for about the 20th time…). Tee bags!

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Space Invaders Cushions!

by Andy on September 29, 2009

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You obviously can’t wear these, but my head pops up like a meerkat when I hear the words ‘space’ and ‘invaders’ said in very close proximity to one-another, and I know a lot of you are the same so there was no way I wasn’t going to give these cushions a quick mention. What you can’t tell from the picture above (but can see in the gallery), is that the actual aliens are made up of an alien pattern, further increasing the level of Space Invaders awesomeness in these cushions. It is $45 for a single patchwork cushion cover, so they aren’t particularly cheap, but I guess quite a lot of work goes into making a patchwork anything.

Costiness=$45 Available from VoodooRabbit’s Etsy store

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free_razorblade_necklace-475x380

There’s not much more for me to add after such an informative headline, except that I should probably point out that the razorblade on th necklace has rounded edges so it’s safer than it looks (safety first!), and that Dance Party Massacre sell the necklace for $17.95, so it’s a pretty high value freebie to be getting with your order.

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free j3concepts desktop wallpapers

Do you like free stuff? Do you like J3concepts work? Do you like having attractive wallpapers for your desktop for those occasional moments when there isn’t a window blocking it? Good, then you’ll probably want to go and download this pack of 20 wallpapers (all in1920x1200 resolution) from BloodSweatVector.

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ryzwear1

I know that there are lots of places out there that can give you a lot more information and authority when it comes to sneakers, but I thought that since design competitions get covered frequently on HYA that a sneaker design competition could be of interest to the designers in the audience.

I found out about RYZ through a post by J3concepts on the laFraise blog in which he introduced a load of cool new links to their blogroll (J3 is also a winner on the site). Coincidentally (I’m sure), LaFraise are also partnering with RYZ for a tee/shoe combo print competition. The format runs like most design competitions; download a template, put your design on it, upload the template, it gets voted on, and if you’re a winner then you’ll get $500 plus “$1 per shoe,” which may or may not mean that you get $2 for each pair sold. One really cool aspect is that artists can also print onto the sole, I always like it when sneakers have something interesting on the sole (that isn’t an unusual flavour of chewing gum), it’s very rare that people get to see the sole other than the wearer, which makes the extra effort seem unnecessary, which is why it’s so special.

I’m not a hi-top fan, so I won’t be making a purchase, but I do really like the idea of a sneaker design competition, if it works for tees, why should it work for shoes?

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Prettify your desktop with Allmightys

by Andy on June 25, 2008

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We all like something for nothing, and whilst I’m afraid Allmightys aren’t giving away free t-shirts (you can get free shipping on four or more tees though) they are giving away their artwork for free in the form of some thoroughly sublime wallpapers.I’m not entirely positive about this, but I think that all of their t-shirt designs are available as a high quality 2560×1600 pixel wallpaper (or most of them at the very least), and the latest series from the Mech Tech Competition are also available in iPhone friendly sizes.Check out the rest of wallpapers here.

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